Turin (Italy), November 26-28, 2020
Thanks to a long tradition that began with Bach’s contemporary, Padre Martini, Italy is considered today as a “Bachian” country. The past 250 years have seen an abundance of creative interactions with Bach and his music, including numerous transcriptions, arrangements and editions, scholarly and non-scholarly writings, Bach festivals, recordings and the use of Bach’s music in the media. Out of respect for this history, we formed JSBach.it to improve communication and coordination of Italian Bach activities, to facilitate and encourage academic and artistic research, and to promote its dissemination nationally and internationally.
We will be holding our First International Conference on Bach and Italy at the Conservatory of Turin on November 26-28, 2020, in cooperation with the Conservatory of Turin, the Istituto per i Beni Musicali in Piemonte, and the Coro Maghini and with the Patronage of the University of Genoa, of the Bach Network, of Il Saggiatore musicale, and of the SIdM (Società Italiana di Musicologia).
We welcome proposals for 20-minute papers, for 30-minute lecture-recitals and for panels regarding all aspects relating to Johann Sebastian Bach and Italy.
Possible topics include, but are not limited to:
- Bach and his Italian models/sources
- Reception of Bach’s music and treatments of his biography in an Italian context
- Bach and the Italian opera
- Bach and the revival of Italian instrumental music
A more detailed list of possible subjects can be found here.
Although the conference languages will be Italian and English, we encourage delegates to present their papers in English.
Abstracts of maximum 300 words can be in either Italian or English. Please submit this together with contact details, and maximum 50 words of bio on the form found here. The deadline for submission is 31 March, 2020.
The Scientific Committee includes Prof. Kenneth Hamilton (University of Cardiff), Prof. Michael Heinemann (Hochschule für Musik, Dresden), Dr habil. Michael Maul (Bach-Archiv and Intendant of the BachFest Leipzig), Prof. Stefano A. E. Leoni (Conservatorio di Torino), Dr Ruth Tatlow (University of Uppsala), Prof. Yo Tomita (Queen’s University, Belfast), along with Dr Chiara Bertoglio (Facoltà teologica dell’Italia settentrionale and JSBach.it) and Maria Borghesi (Hochschule für Musik, Dresden and JSBach.it).
The keynote lecture will be delivered by Dr Michael Maul, and the plenary concluding speech will be given by Prof. Raffaele Mellace; the gala concert will be given by the Coro Maghini and Festival BackTOBach of Turin.